The most poignant quotes
What the rich and famous and wise said
Thoughtful and attentive words to contenplate and learn from
Note: Throughout history the rich and famous and wise have said things that have been recorded in the form of quotes. It is the study of these quotes that give insight into life.
"The secret of joy in work is contained in one word-- excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it." ~ Pearl S. Buck
Excellence is the eternal quest. We achieve it by living up to our highest intellectual standards and our finest moral intuitions. In seeking excellence, take life seriously--but never yourself! ~ Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
Desire is the key to motivation, but it's the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal a commitment to excellence that will enable you to attain the success you seek. ~ Mario Andretti
The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. ~ Vince Lombardi
There are no speed limits on the road to excellence. ~ David W. Johnson
Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. ~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ~ Aristotle
The truth of an upright man must be accepted on his own terms. Moreover, since natures vary, we must agree that all the beauties of human excellence may be fostered by faiths that we do not share. ~ Victor Hugo
Excellence is not a singular act but a habit. You are what you do repeatedly. ~ Shaquille O'Neal
My father once told me that anyone who worked for three dollars an hour owed it to himself to put in four dollars' worth of work. ~ Bill Russell
"There is only one real sin, that is to persuade oneself that the second-best is anything but the second-best." ~ Doris Lessing
True excellence is rarely found, even more rarely is it cherished. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary. ~ Warren Bennis
The supreme excellence is not to win a hundred victories in a hundred battles. The supreme excellence is to subdue the armies of your enemies without even having to fight them. ~ Lao Tzu
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected. ~ Stephen Jobs
Becoming a star may not be your destiny, but being the best that you can be is a goal that you can set for yourself. ~ Bryan Lindsay
Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.~ Vince Lombardi
"All excellent things are as difficult as they are rare." ~ Benedict De Spinoza
Strive for excellence, not perfection. ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Those who attain any excellence commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not often granted upon easier terms. ~ Samuel Johnson
You have achieved excellence as a leader when people will follow you anywhere if only out of curiosity. ~ Colin Powell
If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work. ~ Thomas J. Watson
I may not be totally perfect, but parts of me are excellent. ~ Ashleigh Brilliant
The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous. ~ Shana Alexander, The Feminine Eye, 1966
A superior person brings out the best in others. ~ Chinese Proverb
The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. ~ John F. Kennedy
If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception. It is a prevailing attitude. ~ Colin Powell
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